White defends Hampshire’s Kolpak signings

Hampshire manager Giles White has defended the acquisition this season of two Kolpak players, as the county prepare to take on Somerset in the fourth round of LV County Championship matches.

Batsman Johann Myburgh and fast bowler Friedel de Wet, who played two Tests for South Africa in the drawn series against England 18 month ago, have both been added to Hampshire’s senior squad.

That is despite Hampshire having one of the most successful youth policies in the country following the emergence of Danny Briggs, James Vince and Chris Wood in recent seasons.

White explained: “It’s about getting the right balance but we’ve brought in a couple of players who are quality performers, whose records speak for themselves. They’re good in the changing room and add to the young players’ development and the talent we’ve got.

“Any player of a certain age could be said to block a young player’s progress but we’re very aware of our young group. It would be unfair to say we haven’t played young players in the past and I don’t think that will be the case now.

“It’s about making sure they play at the right time, not too early and not too late but at the right time. That’s a balance for the management to get right.”

Myburgh hit his first domestic fifty for Hampshire in an opening Clydesdale Bank 40 win against defending champions Warwickshire.

But De Wet was not included and has also disappointed in Hampshire’s first two County Championship matches, taking just three wickets at 80.3 runs apiece.

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